I want villages to be developed

Updated: Jan 1 2006, 07:21am hrs
Life as an MP started with unlearning for me. It was getting into uncertainty when I quit my cushy management job and jumped into the hurly burly of politics in Uttar Pradesh. I realised quickly that my management background rather acted as a barrier. People did not relate to me. It was difficult for them to communicate. I realised that I would have to do a bit of unlearning retrace my steps to identify with the people of my constituency.

However, my management skills came in handy once I was elected as a parliamentarian. It has helped me in dealing with higher-ups in Delhi, in getting projects made and cleared for my constituency.

The education has provided me with the knowledge to perform better and be more effective in my duties as an MP.

Of course, I did realise during the course of this year that being a parliamentarian is a really tough job. Expectations are so high that one has to be adept in multi-tasking to try and keep everyone happy. What I learnt in management school has helped me in dealing with difficult situations.

I have also realised that an MP, at most times, is the link between the village and the world outside, especially in the context of development. I want villages to be developed. To bring development to the village therefore, one has to act as a bridge between the government and the people.

This, admittedly, is a lot easier said than done. Because development has invariably becomes an unwanted casualty of politics, especially in the context of Uttar Pradesh. My constituency, Shahjehanpur has suffered such a fate with politics turning out to be an impediment in developmental projects.

I am satisfied to some extent that I have managed to get a few things done for my constituency even though I may not be able to satisfy all my voters. In the coming year, health is an issue that I would want to focus on for my constituency.

I am trying to get a telemedicine project implemented, which will enable people in villages who have been deprived of medical facilities, to avail of medical consultation through video conferencing.

Another major project that is upcoming is setting up of a 600 mw power plant with a 4000 crore investment in Shajehanpur, which the Birlas are constructing. Though it will take a few years, once completed the power plant will go a long way in solving the power problem in the area.

(Jitin Prasada is MP, Shahjehanpur, Uttar Pradesh.)